Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ceremony Marks Construction of New Road to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ceremony Marks Construction of New Road to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

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Ceremony marks new Shoal Lake 40 road

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SHOAL LAKE, Ont. - A celebration has been held in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to mark the beginning of construction of a new all-weather road.

The 24-kilometre Freedom Road will connect Shoal Lake 40 to the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba.

It will provide year-round access between the mainland and the isolated community, which is located in northwestern Ontario just east of the Manitoba-Ontario boundary.

Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky called Friday "a special day" and told a crowd of about 50 people gathered inside the community's arena that it has been a long journey to get to this point.

The community was cut off from the mainland more than a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with drinking water.

Shoal Lake 40 has been under a boil-water advisory for 20 years. …

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